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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds…

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract…

by Barb Rosenstock (Author), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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This Caldecott award winner is about a Russian boy that was expected to be proper. Although he did everything that his family expected, he was never truly happy until he was given a paint box set one day from his aunt. Every time he mixed the colors to paint, he heard music. He couldn't help but paint what he heard. This didn't make sense to many, so he eventually steered away from it. Later when he became an adult and moved to Moscow, he again started hearing the colors singing again. He decided to give it another shot. Others tried to discourage him again, but he refused to let that happen. Being determined to follow his heart, he ended up creating a new type of art.

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I thought this was a great story. In the beginning I was bothered how his family discouraged him as a child with his art creations. But later was happy to see that he followed his dreams and what he believed in, no matter what others thought. I think it's important to be yourself and to follow your heart and this story demonstrates that. I also like how vibrant the colors are in the illustrations which help you feel the inspirational tone of the story.

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1. I could turn on some symphony music, creating a peaceful tone. Then I could have each student paint exactly what comes to thought.
2. I could show the students a piece of abstract art and have them write a story about what they see. ( )
  A.Fonville | Sep 17, 2015 |
Summary: This story is about a little Russian boy named Vasya who brings abstract art to life. When his Aunt gets him a paint box, he believes that he can hear noises of his painting like it was music. When he tries to tell his family about the music in his paintings and paint box they do not understand his work because it is not what they think a painting is suppose to be. So he starts to paint what his family and other people think art is like flowers, houses, and other landscapes. Then when he is older he doesn't care what other people think about his abstract art and eventually his work becomes famous. This book is based on a real painter Vasily Kandinsky.

Personal reaction: I loved the art in through out the whole book. Like how some of the characters were not just odd colors but had words throughout their faces. Also the message it sends to children that being different is okay and that not everyone is going to see and feel the same as you but that doesn't mean just go with what they want.

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1. Students can create a piece of art of their own.
2. Let the student stand up and explain why they drew what they did and how it makes them feel. ( )
  Amandacj | Sep 13, 2015 |
Very nicely illustrated picture book about abstract Russian artist Vasily (or Vasya) Kandinsky. I found the author's note about the artist's condition that causes him to experience colors as sounds quite interesting. This book is deserving of the Caldecott honor it received. If I were a child, I would want to see more of the artist's work after reading this book. ( )
  thornton37814 | Sep 9, 2015 |
Russian Painter ,Vasya Kindinsky, abstract art ,perseverance- listening to inner self
  LauraNelson | Jul 24, 2015 |
Great story about the Russian abstract artist who most likely had synesthesia. Biographical but fictionalized. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307978486, Hardcover)

Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.
But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?
In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.
Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:26 -0400)

Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

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